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File:Huxley-Arnold family tree.svg|thumb|right|Family tree '''Matthew Arnold''' (24 December 1822 – 15 April 1888) was an English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold (academic)|Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterised as a sage writing|sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues.Landow, George. Elegant Jeremiahs: The Sage from Carlyle to Mailer. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1986.
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Birth date{{birth-date|df=yes|24 December 1822}}
Birth placeLaleham, Middlesex, England
Death date{{death-date and age|15 April 1888|24 December 1822}}
Death placeLiverpool, England
OccupationHer Majesty's Inspector of Schools
Ethnicity| period = Victorian
GenrePoetry; literary, social and religious criticism
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